The Queen and members of the Royal Family have gathered for the funeral of Prince Philip, as the monarch says goodbye to her beloved husband of 73 years.
Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, the Queen’s arrival was the first time she has been officially seen in public since the Duke of Edinburgh died eight days ago.
A small group of Philip’s close family and friends are attending the televised funeral service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which began with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Queen is sitting alone during the funeral of her husband, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.
Philip’s coffin was carried on a custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse designed by the duke and modified over 16 years.
- The funeral of Prince Philip has been taking place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
- The Queen was seated alone at the funeral, in line with coronavirus restrictions
- The Duke of York was closest to the Queen, two seats to her left, while Prince Charles sat opposite
- Prince Philip’s long life has been a blessing, the Dean of Windsor says
- The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99
- Members of the royal family walked behind the coffin as it was taken into the chapel
- The duke’s coffin was brought to the castle in a specially modified Land Rover he helped design
- The service followed a minute’s silence across the nation
- Some members of the public have been in Windsor to pay tribute to the duke but the area has largely been quiet due to restrictions
- The ceremonial royal funeral is being broadcast on BBC One and can also be seen live here
It was followed for part of its final journey by the Queen, who travelled in a Bentley with Lady Susan Hussey, with her trusted lady-in-waiting – with both wearing facemasks.
Walking behind the coffin, in morning suits and day dresses but not uniform, were Philip’s eldest children the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal, followed by their siblings the Earl of Wessex and Duke of York.
In the third row was the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge but between the two royal brothers – their troubled relationship well documented – was their cousin Peter Phillips.
Watching as it passed were royal mourners including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.
Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also in attendance.
The duke has been interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel.
Although members of the public have been urged not to gather in Windsor for the funeral, some have been visiting the town, bathed in bright spring sunshine, to pay their respects and leave flowers at the castle gates.
On the eve of the funeral, a touching photograph was released of the Queen and duke giving a glimpse of their lives away from protocol.
The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral estate.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will watch the service on a television from Chequers.
Although there is no sermon – as per the duke’s request – the service is a highly religious one.
Several hymns are being sung by a small chorus of three choristers and a soprano, and Bible passages are being read out.
Among the songs picked out is the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save, traditionally associated with members of the navy like the Duke of Edinburgh.
It was also sung at the funeral of his beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
No members of the Royal Family will give a reading, and attendees have also been forbidden from singing.
In the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor will say: “With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.”
“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.
“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.”